Ohio’s Home Energy Assistance Programs (HEAP) are an integral part of the social safety net for Ohio’s older citizens. Many older adults with limited incomes rely on this assistance, and would not be able to get through the winter without it. This frail population is extremely vulnerable to temperature extremes; they are the first to succumb to respiratory illnesses and other ills due to freezing temperatures or deadly heat. For them, a lack of resources is a health issue as well as a financial one.
The number of eligible households applying for home energy assistance in Ohio has grown dramatically in the last four years and demand is expected to increase again this year. Social Security Numbers will be required for all household members, regardless of age. The Energy Assistance Application requests documentation of citizenship or resident alien status for all household members, but it will only be required for the primary applicant. Consumers also need to include proof of income for the past12 months and provide a copy of a recent fuel or utility bill.
Who is eligible for HEAP?
Applicants for HEAP must be at or below 175 percent of the Fiscal Year 2016 federal poverty guidelines listed below.
For households with more than eight members, add $6,240 for each individual.
- Applications for the 2016–2017. The Regular HEAP program will be accepted through June 30, 2017.
- The Summer Crisis Program starts July 1, 2017 and runs until Aug. 31., 2017.
Income-eligible households with a member who is 60 years of age or older or has a medical condition certified by a licensed physician or registered nurse practitioner are eligible to receive assistance. It includes a benefit to assist with electric utility bills. The max. benefit amounts for the 2017 program are: $300 for customers of regulated utilities and $500 for customers of un-regulated utilities (municipal or cooperatives).
Contact your local Community Action Program to enroll:
Athens, Hocking & Perry: HAPCAP
Meigs: Gallia-Meigs CAP
Monroe & Noble: GMN Tri-Co. CAP
740-472-0828 or 740-732-2388
Washington & Morgan CAP